Mystic Messenger is like, one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played. Not because the story is weird, no, because the whole setup and interface and requirements and parameters and junk are really gosh darn … innovative. I feel like Cheritz just threw us out to sea without a paddle. x’D
(It’s ok, I’m cool with drowning amidst these hotties. 8D )
So I’m posting here a sort of… spoiler-free guide to what kinds of endings are in the game, and basic hints about what you need to do to get a good end or a bad end or better yet, the other kind of bad end that I couldn’t confirm without the assistance of some other wonderfully helpful players.^^
First, the often asked question of “Why did I get a bad ending?!?! nooo!!!”
Mystic Messenger doesn’t have a status screen that shows you the current affection levels you have with the characters. You do earn hearts, each a different color to indicate which character gave it to you, but those are NOT a perfect indicator of how much likability points you have from them. In fact, some hearts are a sign of “good end affection” and others are for “bad end affection”, and they look identical. @_@ Go figure.
There are also really ugly black, broken hearts in the game. Those are just generally bad all-around. They mean the character has less affection for you. It also takes a heart away from your status bar!
What matters are the choices you make. What kinds of things did you say to the character you are dating? How do you think those words made them feel? Did they, and, just as importantly, the other characters in the room respond happily? Instead of handy-dandy meters or a status bar, we have to ask ourselves this and hope for the best. Personally I found the writing in the chats to be done well enough to give you some clues. And it is ok if you have a couple bad answers, you just have to make sure you don’t have too many. (This game doesn’t require the perfection that Nameless did, thank god.)
“I got a bad end, do I have to start from the beginning?”
Not necessarily. The game has these “Caution” branch points, and it is a good idea to make a save right before those.
Each section of the game is divided by the Caution points. So let’s say you have a save at the Caution at Day 7. Then on Day 9 you hit another Caution, and saved it. But then Day 9 turns into a bad ending! AUGH. Well, rather than start over at Day 1, just open the Day 7 save. You can replay the game from one Caution to the next Caution, and you will always have a chance to get through to the Good Ending. Because, if you didn’t get the Bad End at Day 7, then everything before Day 7 has absolutely no effect what-so-ever on what happens at the Day 9 Caution.
I hope that made sense. The only time you have to start from the beginning is if you don’t have an old save, or you didn’t even make it past Day 5.
“What kinds of endings are in this game?”
There are Good End, Normal End, Bad Story End, and Bad Relationship End. Yeah. Lots of bad endings. Dear god why? D8
To get the Good End you have to, obviously, make it to the end of the route, and have made enough good choices to get past each Caution. To get the Normal End, do the same thing, just don’t have more than 9 guests at the RFA party.
Bad Story Ends are at every Caution point. To get those, you need to actively make a lot of bad choices. like… A LOT. It basically has its own hidden meter. See the first question for details.
Bad Relationship Ends are different. Some Caution points have a BRE, along with the Bad Story End, while some Cautions don’t. To get a BRE, you have to not have enough good choices or “good end affection”, but you also have to avoid making too many bad choices too, because then you get too much “bad end affection”! Easiest way to avoid all that affection? Just skip every chatroom! LOL.
Also, so far I’ve noticed you can make phone calls during Bad Story Ends, but the phone is literally disabled during the BRE. Cheritz made some calls exclusive to Bad Story Ends, but didn’t even bother programming anything at all during BRE (at least for Zen, Jaehee, Yoosung routes).
BRE’s are interesting, but don’t have any CG’s. I honestly and sincerely recommend doing one for Yoosung though. He had a… notably unique BRE at his first Caution point.
Also, since some places don’t have a BRE, you can do an entire section of the game without entering the chat and still pass through towards the good end. After all, you didn’t earn any “bad end affection” right? lol, kind of ridiculous but hey, whatever works I guess.
There are also a few endings to find even before you end up on a character route at the beginning of Day 5.
The very beginning of the game, the Prologue, actually has an ending snuck in there. It happens before you are shown the main game screen (pictured below), so if you make it there, you missed it. Good news is it is easy to just go to the Settings and click on “Start Over” to delete the current game in progress. Don’t worry, it won’t delete your album, save files, nor anything you’ve unlocked.
The other early Bad Ending to find is in the Common Route. There is one in the Casual Common route, and a different on in the Deep Common route. It happens when you don’t have enough affection to start a character route. If you got it on accident, you either didn’t earn enough affection, or earned too much affection from the wrong character. Or maybe you had two characters with the same amount. You can only go for Zen, Jaehee, and Yoosung in the Casual Story, and Jumin and 707 are in the Deep Story.
The easiest way to get the Common route bad ends on purpose, is to just ignore the chatrooms. Or you can just earn hearts for the wrong characters (like Jumin during the Casual story) and avoid everyone else’s hearts.
“What about Deep Story and After Stories/Secret End?”
I have absolutely no idea what goes on there, since I have only played the Casual Story. Yup, I haven’t beaten the game yet. Don’t spoil it for me!
“I missed some chat rooms, will I get a bad end?”
You can miss a few, or sometimes a lot, of chatrooms and still make your way along the Good path. It’s all about making enough of the right choices, but you don’t have to make ALL of the right choices. As for how many you can miss… it’s kind of hard to say. In my experience, I was able to get along by getting about 50% of each day completed, but I had to get pretty much every answer in those chats right. Besides, missing that much game time is kind of sad since you miss out on a lot of interaction and character development.
And like I said, I haven’t seen an exact formula on how much affection you need. Just try to get what you can. And if you missed too many and got a bad end, just reload from right before the last Caution, and use some Hourglasses to unlock your missed chats to try and earn more affection. It has been proven that you do earn affection from missed chats that you unlocked with Hourglasses. : )
That’s all I got for now. I hope this was a tiny bit helpful to the players out there. ^^;;
And again, I didn’t beat the game so don’t ask me questions about Jumin or Seven or the Secret Ends. Thank you. ^^
EDIT: For more more guides and help, this post is a collection of helpful links- click here.